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Common Spotted Orchid are on the move - yay!

  • Common Spotted Orchid are on the move - yay!

Can you see them? The first tiny little peeping edges show that the Common Spotted Orchids are on their way up again - this is always such an exciting time, when tiny new sprouts appear, isn't it?

I'm lucky enough to have a friend who, a few years ago, let me collect seed from the orchids in their grounds, and. ever since then I have been growing them on for sale, and it's turning into quite a nice, if rather small, little business. I have a very select customer list (that is sales jargon for "small") of wildflower meadow enthusiasts who come to me each year to buy more, slowly building up their meadows, which is the best way to do it.

It takes 2-3 years for them to get to flowering size, so there's quite a pay-delay in growing these little fellas, but I think it's worth it.

I love the idea that now, in a very small way, I am helping to restore wildflower meadows, by selling responsibly-sourced-seed-grown plants - I'm sure you all know that pinching wildflowers from the wild is a definite no-no, in fact it's against the law, so it's good to be able to encourage people to do it properly, and to make a little money along the way!

Comments (2)

  1. Grower

    Jeremy Wright

    Nice post Rachel. Though they're slow to flower these lovely orchids live up to their name and can grow on anything from alkaline marshes to chalk downland. They are also one of the most successful colonisers of wasteland.

    I wish you weren't 65 miles from me as I'd come and get some. But I am sure there are more near you who will.

    • Common Spotted Orchid are on the move - yay!
  2. Grower

    Rachel the Gardener

    Thanks, Jeremy, they are lovely little things - although not "that" little, as they can get to a foot high in the right conditions

    What I love about them is that they are so generous with their seeding - I shouldn't say this, as a seller, but you only really need to buy a couple of pots, and let them go to seed: each flower produces thousands of tiny, dust-like seeds which then germinate, and pop up in all sorts of odd places.

    I now have to label some of my "for sale" plants as "Complete with free Common Spotted Orchid!" - little tinkers!

    Yes, it is a shame that you are so far away, but never mind, one day...


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